There is a national icon worth looking up on the internet: Shrek The Sheep. He lived in New Zealand and avoided being sheared for six years by hiding in mountain caves. When he was finally captured and shorn he produced sixty pounds of fleece! The production of an average sheep is less than ten pounds. Perhaps this is why he appeared three times larger!
He looked absolutely ridiculous. A sheep who has avoided his shepherd is not a pretty sight. Christians are often depicted biblically as sheep with Christ as their Good Shepherd. Let’s listen to His words:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30
His is the ONE VOICE we should hear over all others. Sadly some wander off listening to competing voices offered from society. Others purposefully head the other direction thinking they can handle life on their own. Burdens pile on, like fleece, until they are trudging through life under heavy loads and heavier hearts. Creating caves of isolation they hide out from reality, as depression, resentment, and often addiction builds.
It is the Good Shepherd’s greatest desire to care and carry. He leaves the flock of ninety-nine to find the one—so great is His love for each of His own. Jesus doesn’t care if His sheep are smelly, have been foolish or rebellious. He is “well-staffed” and knows how to draw back those who are lost if they are willing. Sheep are not known for their intelligence. Fortunately we need not be smart to enjoy the Savior’s love—just willing to accept His help. Once that decision is made, we can “shear” the hope and purpose that comes from life led with Him.